, a dick joke
(other terms for the same meaning: "cock joke" "penis joke" British English knob gag
) is a joke that makes either an indirect or a direct reference to a human penis
, also less commonly used as an umbrella term for dirty jokes. The famous quote from Mae West
, "Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?" is cited as an example of a dick joke. Attitudes towards dick jokes amongst comedians vary. Some shun them. Others see them as a means of last resort, to obtain a laugh when all else fails.
The impact of this kind of joke, as with most humor, rests with the unspoken connotation, specifically in this joke set in a class in medical school
- "When in doubt, go for the dick joke." — Robin Williams
- "Shock! A knob gag." — Ben Elton
- "Here's the deal, I editorialize for 40 minutes, the last 10 minutes, we pull our chutes and float down to Dick Joke Island together, okay?" — Bill Hicks, who also described his particular style of comedy as "Chomsky with dick jokes."
- "You don't go to CNN for dick jokes; don't come here for hard hitting journalism." — Anthony Cumia